From Philip Schuyler
Albany Friday Sept. 13th 1799
My Dear Son
I had the pleasure at Seven this morning to embrace my Dear Grand Children who with the Maids arrived in good health.
A young woman was taken Ill on board supposed occasioned by being frightened, at seeing a coffin which passed the Sloop in a boat, the captain had the precaution immediately to put her on shore, a few Miles below this, and she is come to town, and has not the yellow fever.
Such Accounts as we can rely on, give us the distressing intelligence that the contagion is spread over every part of the City of N York.1 Angelica2 informs me that you did not intend to remain in New York. I hope so, and most earnestly intreat you, on no Account to enter that City, pray give me assurances that you will comply with my request, and If possible to come here.
Margret3 is much better, Altho Still very weak. Mr Rensselaer returned Last evening from Niagara.
Adieu My Dear Sir, Your ever most affectionate
I suppose Eliza will be here on Sunday or Monday next.
ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.
1. Yellow fever broke out in New York City at the end of July, 1799. On September 9 the Common Council “Ordered that the Street Commissioners be appointed to aid the Health Commissioner during the prevailing Sickness to administer Relief to the indigent Sick and to open one of the Wards at Belle Vue Hospital for the Reception of the Sick until the further Order of the Board” (Minutes of the Common Council description begins Minutes of the Common Council of the City of New York, 1784–1831 (New York, 1917). description ends , II, 570). See also The [New York] Spectator, July 24, August 1, 1799.
2. This is a reference to H’s daughter Angelica, who was born on September 25, 1784.
3. Elizabeth Hamilton’s sister, Margarita (Mrs. Stephen Van Rensselaer).